As I mentioned in the box score roundup, I’m intrigued by Leandro Castro. I don’t know much about his backstory, I just know he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He made his US debut last year in the GCL at age 19, a year or two later than most big time Latin American prospects. His line for the season didn’t look particularly impressive; .298/.317/.422 with 9 2B, 3 HR and 9 SB, but only 4 BB and 25 K in 161 AB. He struggled at Lakewood before being placed back in the NYPL where he’s compiled an impressive batting line; .357/.395/.585 with 14 2B, 5 HR, and 12 SB, with a 25/9 K to BB ratio in 171 AB thus far. The power spike is notable, and though he’s been caught stealing 9 times, he obviously does have some speed. So seeing an intriguing guy who I didn’t know much about, I got in touch with a good friend of this website, Kevin Goldstein over at Baseball Prospectus and asked him if he had any good info on Castro. Check below the fold for his brief report
Here’s Kevin’s quick hit report
He’s semi-real — Phillies like him. Real good athlete, can do a lot of good things, true plus runner (not a burner, but plus), should be able to play CF once he gets the instincts and reps down. Quick bat, surprising pop (not big, below average, but not punch and judy) for size, VERY out of control player at the plate, on the basepaths and in the field.
Sounds kind of promising, yeah? Based on his season and this scouting report, I might just drop him in the back of my Top 30 this winter and see what happens.
Also, while I have your attention, I highly recommend reading Kevin’s piece about fixing the draft which is up on BP today.